By Mark Melnychuk
On Tuesday, Gabrielle Wuschke finally got to meet her hero.
Wuschke, 17, has been diehard curling fan for the past 10 years, and follows the sport with her grandfather Howard. Her favourite player is Team Manitoba skip Jennifer Jones, whom Wuschke has rooted for “from day one” of her curling fandom.
Wuschke, who is a Grade 12 student at FW Johnson Collegiate in Regina, was born with cerebral palsy. In addition to having no use of her right hand and limited use of her left, Wuschke is confined to a wheelchair. In 2013, she sent an application to the Sunshine Foundation, a charity organization which grants wishes to seriously ill and physically challenged children. Her wish was to attend the 2014 Scotties Tournament of Hearts in Montreal, Que. so she could see Jones. Although she got to go, Wuschke was unable to meet Jones, who was in Sochi, Russia competing at the Winter Olympics.
However, Wuschke’s grandmother, Beatrice, sent a letter to Jones’ mother, Carol, telling the family about Wuschke’s dream to meet her idol. Jones replied by mailing Wuschke the jersey she wore during the Olympic curling trials, the jacket she wore at the 2008 Scotties in Regina, signed photos of the team and a personal letter.
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